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At the push of a button: Fitness is about small choices, not just eating right

I love buttons. I can push a button to open my garage door. I can push a button to change television channels. I can push a button to wash my dishes and clothes. I even can push a button on my wrist watch to answer a phone call. But each […]

Kilpack brings Harriet Beecher Stowe to life in All That Makes Life Bright

I’ve long known of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and even read it many years ago. I never gave much thought to her, though, outside of the fact that she wrote a classic novel that gave scathing insight into American slavery before it was culturally acceptable to […]

Shutterbug 2.0: A brief explanation of aperture, f-stops and depth of field

Once upon a time, I used to be a shutterbug. In fact, I actually went to school to study photography. I wanted to be the next Ansel Adams or the Nick Brandt of America. But like a lot of artistic people, “real life” — otherwise known as bills, jobs and the […]

Corn salsa combines fruit juices, jalapeño kick to balance spice, sweetness

My brother is a fan of spicy foods. The spicier they are, the happier he is, it seems. There are few in my family who love jalapeños, or other hot peppers, quite as much as he does. But this particular salsa recipe is both spicy and sweet. It creates a […]

In Wheresoever They May Be, Wangard blends research with characters

The newest release by Terri Wangard, Wheresoever They May Be, is a well-crafted historical fiction novel. The story centers on four people — Lily, Frank, Susan and Joe — and their contributions to the war effort. Wheresoever They May Be doesn’t revolve around a particular battle or mystery. Instead, it […]

Music Monday: Look What Taylor Swift Made Us Do

Taylor Swift is a polarizing figure — both as a public persona and a musician. Can she sing? Can she compose? Depending on how many people you ask, you might hear a million different answers. One thing that cannot be denied is that Swift knows how to make a splash and […]

Hash brown casserole with sausage sure to please most breakfast guests

Every once in a while, my husband and I have guests who stay overnight. Inevitably, I am tasked with making sure the entire group enjoys breakfast. Whether canned cinnamon rolls or eggs, it does not matter. However, as an individual who is not particularly a morning person, I’ve come to […]

Peanut butter cookies a hit for all seasons, with option for secret ingredient

Christmas still might be several months away, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the tastes of Christmas now. Given the unseasonably cooler weather we have been enjoying, it’s been quite easy to turn on the oven and bake. This recipe for peanut butter cookies is based on one […]

Karen Witemeyer returns to beloved Western setting in “Heart on the Line”

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can’t let the villain she believes responsible for […]

Sick? Stock up ahead of time for easy chicken noodle soup ingredients

Flu season always is the worst time of year, especially after moving away from home. My first illness experience outside of my parents’ home was spent in an apartment less than 15 minutes away. It was at the point when I no longer could leave my apartment that I realized […]